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Belift Coffee: Social Impact with Indonesian Coffee

November 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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For Belift Coffee, Indonesian specialty coffee is the way forward to provide brighter futures for homeless youth in San Francisco.

Belift Coffee works locally and internationally, creating opportunities through their outreach efforts connecting coffee producers in Indonesia to consumers in the United States. Taste their coffees, learn about the history and culture behind them, and hear more about Belift’s homeless youth social impact initiative at The Crown!

The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia will also be in attendance to promote Indonesia’s rich specialty coffee culture, give an update on the current state of Indonesian coffee, and show how Belift Coffee is providing brighter futures for homeless youth in San Francisco through their collaboration with Larkin Street Youth Services.

About the Presenters:

Ivan Hartanto and Karrie Liang:

Ivan is an Indonesian-born social entrepreneur and one of World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers while Karrie is a San Francisco-raised, self-trained coffee expert and craft artist. They co-founded Belift in 2019 with a mission to serve impact, one human at a time through coffee consumption. Combined, they have 9+ years of experience working with at-risk youth and tacking various social impact issues.

Simon D.I. Soekarno, Consul General of Indonesia

Simon Djatwoko Irwantoro Soekarno, a career diplomat with 27 years of service, took up the office of the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in San Francisco in March 1, 2019. Previously he was the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles from term of September 2017 to January 30, 2019. His office promotes the interests of Indonesia’s businesses and citizens, as well as provides consular services, in the western territories of the United States of America including Alaska, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming.

After graduating from the University of Kent (Canterbury, England) and University of Atma Jaya (Jakarta, Indonesia), Simon Soekarno joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991. Since then, he was assigned in several different countries such Chile (Santiago) then to Spain (Madrid) and lastly, he was a Minister Counselor at the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore, coordinating the information, social and culture function. Besides English, he is fluent in German and Spanish.

Simon Soekarno enjoys golfing, culinary adventures, and spending time with family. He was born in Jakarta on October 28, 1966. He is married to Anastasia Eveline Anggraini and they have two teenage sons, Jason Alexander Pratama Soekarno and Diego Dwiputranto Soekarno.

About Belift Coffee:

Belift is a specialty coffee social enterprise with a mission to empower underserved coffee farmers in Indonesia and homeless youth in San Francisco with education and employment opportunities. Since our beginning, Belift has gathered partnerships with award-winning non-profits (Larkin Street Youth Services and Telapak), licensed Q-grader in-house roasters, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, and has served more than 500 coffees to individuals through coffee-tasting events, catering sessions, and pop-ups. You can check out their work in this short video here!

About Grounds for Health:

Since 1996, Grounds for Health has worked in Latin America and Africa to address one of the most significant disparities in women’s health globally. Cervical cancer is a nearly 100% treatable disease, and yet in the next 15 years it is expected to kill six million women – 90% of whom will live in developing countries. We specialize in working in communities that represent the base of global supply chains such as coffee, tea, cut flowers and cocoa. We are a mission-driven, international non-profit organization, born out of and with enduring ties to the coffee industry, and focused on increasing coverage of cervical cancer prevention services.

Visiting the Crown:

We cannot wait to host you in our Tasting Room, at the Cupping Table or for a Coffee Course. One of the special things about The Crown is that we are located in the heart of Uptown Oakland – a veritable paradise for coffee lovers & foodies alike. However, parking is limited in the area, and we highly encourage public transportation or ride sharing. Below are some resources to help you plan your visit. For more information on visiting The Crown, please click here: https://royalcoffee.com/visiting-the-crown/


November 16, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room
2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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